Dermatologists Review The Dermaroller + 4 Other Viral Beauty Trends: Which Is Worth Your Money?
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Whether or not you are part of Gen Z, you’ll have heard of TikTok because it is one of the most popular mobile applications today. It has been a top source for funny videos, trending dance moves, chart-topping songs, and even beauty and fashion videos! If you scroll through beauty TikTok, you will immediately see several trends and products that claim to do wonders for your skin. But how would we know if they’re really good for you? Well, we did the research, so you won’t have to.
Dermaplaning blade for smoother skin
TikTok user @bauerbeauty’s video about dermaplaning from November 2020 has garnered almost 500,000 likes and 12,000 shares! In the video, she says that dermaplaning every three or four months helps remove all the dead skin cells, which can make your skin look better with or without makeup.
Basically, dermaplaning is when an aesthetician or dermatologist takes a small scalpel and scrapes the surface of your skin gently using downward strokes. “Dermaplaning’s purpose is to give your skin an immediate exfoliation for a luminous glow that lasts a week,” says Dr. Stafford Broumard. “The benefits are dewy skin, faster cell turnover, and a smoother texture.”
This beauty trend is usually painless, however, it is best to let an aesthetician or dermatologist do the job, instead of doing it yourself! They know what to do.
Verdict: It works – but let a professional do it.
Jade rollers for a “chiseled” face
This video posted by creator McKenna Sands has more than 80,000 likes and a thousand shares! Here, she states that she religiously uses a jade roller twice a day to achieve a “chiseled” face and jawline, as it claims to decrease inflammation, fine lines, and wrinkles.
According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a New York-based dermatologist, “Jade rollers are stone rolling devices made of jade, which has been used traditionally in skincare for decades.” This tool has been around for centuries, which can be traced back to the Chinese belief that jade has energy-healing properties that keep the skin youthful. Dr. Joshua says that "The cold touch of the stone can help soothe inflammation in the skin," Thus, it is effective.
It works by bringing new nutrients to the skin cells, as facial massage helps increase blood circulation.
Verdict: It works!
Kinesio tape to prevent wrinkles
This video by TikTok user @olgav123 has been getting a lot of flak for claiming that KT or kinesio tape can reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Still, it went viral and has garnered more than 50,000 likes and 2,000 shares.
Kinesio tape is originally used by athletes to support and relieve pain in muscles, joints, and ligaments, as it has the ability to reduce swelling. Though “face taping” has been around for a while, dermatologist Dr. Diane Walder says that you can’t just slap any type of tape on your face. According to her, “There are a couple of manufacturers who sell products for face taping, one of which has been around for over a century.”
Dr. Walder mentions two brands of kinesio tape that are quite popular: Furness and Frownies. Lines can form on your face from sleeping on your side every night, and the theory is that this can be prevented or reduced by taping a patch onto the area.
However, she also adds that there is not enough evidence and research that KT or kinesio tape is effective in reducing wrinkles, or if they are even safe to put on the face.
Verdict: There is little evidence that it’s effective.
Castor oil for lush eyelashes / eyebrows
This viral beauty video by TikTok user @solfz has over 470,000 likes and 2,000 shares. She experiments with castor oil to see if her eyelashes will actually grow longer with continued use.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian says that castor oil creates a healthier environment on the scalp by nourishing it with proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants. These ingredients are usually used in hair supplements available in the market, which makes castor oil a useful product to encourage healthier and faster hair growth.
Verdict: It works – but it may take time to see results.
Dermaroller to diminish acne scars
first time trying this Dermaroller for my acne marks and acne scars? Toxic - Britney Spears
Dermarolling has been famous on Instagram even before TikTok became widely popular, but this video with more than 30,000 likes proves that the Internet is still not over the hype.
Dermarolling, also known as “micro-needling”, is a procedure that makes use of a tool with tiny needles that you roll on your face. Dr. Joshua Zeichner explains that micro-needling is commonly used to treat hyperpigmentation, an irregular skin texture, and acne scars. However, at-home devices may not penetrate deeply into the skin. “The abnormal collagen that leads to acne scars is in the deeper layers of the skin, so professional treatment is needed for them," he says.
Resident TikTok dermatologist Dr. Dustin Portela also does not recommend the use of dermarolling tools without the guidance of an expert, as it has an increased risk of infection. If you still choose to do this procedure, though, he suggests that you replace the roller frequently and keep it clean all the time. Remember, this tool has tiny needles which actually go through the surface of your skin!
Verdict: Don’t try this at home!